Matty Fitzger­ald, email

Angling Times (UK) - - ASK CARP FEED -

Q I want to give fluoro­car­bon main­line a go but have read about how you need to pre-stretch it first. Is that right? A There are a few things I do to get the best out of fluoro­car­bon main­line.

Once I’ve spooled up, I tie a loop knot in the end and place it over a bank­stick. Then I pace it out, just for 10 yards to start with, flick over the bail-arm and pull out any stretch in that sec­tion. You’ll find there is more stretch on the first pull – af­ter that it re­tains a ‘steely’ pre-stretched feel. Then I wind in and re­peat the process at 20 yards, 30 yards and so on. All this prep makes the line lie nice and limp. At the end of each ses­sion I ap­ply a few drops of Flu­oro Plus to a sponge and wind the line through this to keep it clean and in top con­di­tion. Ian Lewis, Gard­ner Tackle

Fluoro­car­bon line ben­e­fits from a lit­tle bit of TLC...

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